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Sarah and Ruith have been through a lot together, and luckily their adventure is about to finally finds its end. To get there, though, they will have to use Sarah’s ability to see spells to find all of Ruith’s father’s evil spells that have been spread throughout the land. As always, their journey Read More »
Together, authors Kelly Leigh and Terri Lucas create a well-developed modern world where the unobscured (ie. paranormals) walk among us. Veil of the Unknown tells the story of one obscured on her journey towards lifting the veil and becoming unobscured.
Librarian Lily Drew leads a rather lonely existence. Living in her deceased aunt’s house, Lily spends her time working, watching movies, and sometimes hanging out with her best friend, the very outgoing Miranda. All of that starts to change when Lily receives a mysterious postcard. The postcard actually turns out to be the start of a long series of clues relating to her parents’ Read More »
Liver is a Secret Speaker, a small being of light that lives in the throats of hoomins, a race that inhabits our world but is invisible to us. Liver, however, is not a typical Secret Speaker. Most Secret Speakers are assigned to a single hoomin, but Liver is only the third one assigned to an era.
Because Secret Speakers have to latch onto a hoomin, Liver is sent to reside in Fair O’Nelli, a wee hoomin who is about to reach her thirteenth birthday and thus become an adult hoomin. After her brother and father were captured and presumed killed, Fair’s mother locked her in the cellar to protect her from the leader of Cloven Grave, Harold King, who rounded up all the wee hoomin Fair’s age to prevent the fruition of a prophecy that he would be overturned.
At Fair’s birthday party, she learns she is more than just a plain hoomin – she is destined to free the residents of Cloven Grave from Harold King’s rule. To do so, though, she must pass through many gates and find Selador’s Gate, the gate that will lead her people back to the world they come from. Harold King, though, will stop at nothing to prevent this from happening, including taking her dog, Sauveren, and locking her up with the rest of the matternots, the wee hoomins he rounded up years ago, including her brother, Hale.
Fair has a wonderful strength of character that is needed in any good fantasy. Despite adversity, she always presses on to save her friends and meet her destiny. And this is not easy as her journey is fraught with twists and setbacks at every turn.
The unique and charming characters are the strong point in Secret Speakers and the Search for Selador’s Gate. The plot, however, while highly creative and imaginative, starts off rather complicated and meanders a little too much. There are also too many deus-ex-machina moments for any older fantasy fan. The world-building also suffered as some points were introduced either in too much depth too soon or not enough depth too late. Plus, the constant use of the word “hoomin” and “wee hoomin” got old quick – in the real world, we have plenty of synonyms for the words “human” and “child”.
Young fantasy fans will enjoy K. S. R. Kingworth’s imaginative new world. Older fantasy fans, however, will find Secret Speakers and the Search for Selador’s Gate both too simple and too complicated, often at the same time.
- Paperback: 475 pages
- Publisher: Brigham Distributing (April 6, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0980130352
- ISBN-13: 978-0980130355
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Malcolm and Monica, the ghost-hunting brother-and-sister team of the show Happily Ever Afterlife, are told they must fight for their careers against the duo Irene and Enigma from their rival show, Bump in the Night. Together, both teams, with their crew and network exec, Inez, are to investigate the cliff-side Harrington House. Read More »
Fever is the middle novel of Lauren DeStephano’s The Chemical Garden Trilogy. Unfortunately, it does suffer the way so many middle books do, but it is still a very important installment in Rhine’s story.
Having escaped the mansion of her husband and his diabolical father, Vaughn, Rhine and her friend, former servant Gabriel, find themselves washed up on shore near a very strange carnival. Read More »
The Map of Time is unlike any book I have ever read. Felix J. Palma has crafted a very intricate story that the reader must truly invest in in order to figure out how all of the strings connect.
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Fire-mage Kiera is now the governor of the alternate Fairbanks and married to bear-shifter, Laszlo. However, all is not well. There is unrest within Fairbanks between the mages and the newly-freed shifters. To make matters worse, surrounding deconns want to wage war on Fairbanks. Read More »
Making use of her interior designer skills, Cassandra’s brother has sent her to his new house in Salem to decorate the place, hoping that by being in the town most famous for witches, Cassandra will embrace her own inner witch. While there, she meets others with powers, including sexy cop, Samson. Things get weird, though, when murder victims start showing up based on the seven deadly sins and Cassandra has visions of the murders. On top of that, Cassandra and Samson both seem to be having dreams of Avalon long ago. Are these events somehow connected?
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Desperate to escape her past after killing an attacker with magic, Maeve McKenna sheds her witchy ways and takes a position as the resident RN at a small-town nursing home. On her first day of work, her arrival is greeted by one of the Alzheimer’s patients jumping off the roof of the building. Everyone else thinks it was a result of his condition, but the more Maeve learns about the patient’s life, the more she thinks there is something wrong with his diagnosis.
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After the death of his son, Ryan, Dennis Campbell’s life begins falling apart. His days are filled with sightings of his wife who left him for his best friend and moved just across the street. Read More »
Kendall Fletcher has lived her entire life in the small town of Cryer’s Cross, Montana. She dreams of graduating from her one-room high school and attending Julliard to pursue her love of the performing arts. But things start to change in Cryer’s Cross, turning Kendall’s life upside-down. Read More »
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